In an attempt to have some agency in my life, I practice using the systems of the body as a way to approach the way I move and how I go about the world. For example, when I go out dancing I imagine I am moving from my organs. When I’m depressed, I imagine I am moving with my blood. When I’m alone or walking through town with my girlfriend I move with my muscle, so that it appears I can defend us if needed. When I need to keep going or slow down, breath. When I need to find balance, bones. When I want to claim my space, reproductive. I enjoy and welcome the many complexities and variations of this practice. Each day I can call upon a different combination of systems to get me through. I depend on these systems to support me structurally and functionally because unlike most other systems that I confront, this one has me at the center.
Company Dancer - Ann-Marie Gover